SNOHOMISH – The Snohomish City Council will decide tonight whether to stop building a new senior center at a pioneer cemetery site and move the project to another city-owned property on Fourth Street, according to the council agenda.
The project has stirred up controversy after an archeologist in late 2005 discovered 96 locations believed to have human remains at the site on Cypress Avenue. The volume of human remains was more than the city had expected to find.
The discovery has made the cemetery’s decertification expensive and difficult, raising concerns from the Tulalip Tribes. The site is believed to have remains of American Indians.
The Snohomish Senior Center used to operate at the cemetery site, and it now runs programs at a local church, waiting for the new center to be built.
The City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the George Gilbertson Boardroom, 1601 Ave. D. For more information, call City Hall at 360-568-3115.